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Fred Tomaselli

Avifauna: Birds + Habitat
Glyndor Gallery |
April 7–June 24, 2018

Pictured above: Fred Tomaselli, Goldens 3, 1994,Collage, acrylic and resin on wood panel,14 x 11 1/2 inches.Courtesy of the artist and James Cohan Gallery, New York, NY.

Fred Tomaselli was introduced to birding by his brother on a camping trip in California in the early 1990s. With binoculars in hand, he observed pileated woodpeckers and western tanagers. The experience of enhanced optics, and the knowledge he gained through observation, opened up a whole new world to him. His study of birds became part of his ongoing interest in perception and parallel realities. The two pieces on view demonstrate an evolution in his working methods and his deepening interest in birds. In Goldens 3, cut-out paper birds become part of a tree of life, encased in resin. In Untitled (For Laura), a cardinal is the central feature. From its head spews a myriad of elements resembling eyes. Tomaselli notes that the imagery used in his paintings are often byproducts of his hobbies and interests. The pressed plants used in his paintings, for instance, are often from his garden, and the field-guide imagery comes from books that he uses when he is hiking or birding.

 

Fred Tomaselli, Untitled (For Laura), 2017,Photo collage, acrylic and gouache on paper,7 x 7 inches. Courtesy of the artist and James Cohan Gallery, New York, NY

Alchemy and Inquiry: Philip Taaffe, Fred Tomaselli, Terry Winters
Glyndor Gallery | April 3—June 19, 201

The experience of standing in front of Fred Tomaselli’s paintings and works on paper—with their methodical processes and multi-layered collages that reveal themselves upon sustained viewing—is akin to standing at the center of the Flower Garden in June, taking in both panorama and individual petal and leaf. An encyclopedic interest in popular culture and art history informs Fred Tomaselli’s approach as does his engagement with the world around him through gardening, kayaking, and bird-watching. Leaves from his own garden are the first layer in the composition of the painting Coldframe and photogram Bloom #1. The painting The Dust Blows Forward, The Dust Blows Back, with the distant Palisades and resident blue jay, was inspired by a visit to Wave Hill in the fall.

Tomaselli’s work has been shown extensively. Keep Looking: Fred Tomaselli’s Birds at the Toledo Museum of Art in 2016 focused on his interest in birds. Other solo exhibitions have been presented at Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, University of Michigan Museum of Art, White Cube Gallery, London; and James Cohan Gallery, New York. A mid-career survey was presented at Aspen Art Museum, Skidmore College’s Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Sarasota Springs, NY, and the Brooklyn Museum of Art, accompanied by a major monograph. His work has been included in numerous group exhibitions, including the 17th Biennale of Sydney, Australia; and the 2004 Biennial Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art. Tomaselli earned his BA in Painting and Drawing from California State University, Fullerton.

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Alchemy & Inquiry (installation view)

Alchemy & Inquiry (installation view)
Photo: Ken Goebel

The Dust Blows Forward, The Dust Blows Back, 2011

The Dust Blows Forward, The Dust Blows Back, 2011
Photo collage, acrylic, resin on board
24 x 24 inches
Courtesy of James Cohan Gallery, New York/Shanghai
Photo: Erma Estwick

Dahlia, 2011

Dahlia, 2011
Photo collage, acrylic, resin on wood panel
48 x 48 inches
Courtesy James Cohan Gallery, New York/Shanghai
Photo: Erma Estwick 

Alchemy & Inquiry (installation view)

Alchemy & Inquiry (installation view)
Photo: Ken Goebel

Coldframe, 2011

Coldframe, 2011
Leaves, acrylic, resin on wood panel
30 x 24 inches
Courtesy James Cohan Gallery, New York/Shanghai
Photo: Erma Estwick

Bloom #1, 2011

Bloom #1, 2011
14 x 11 inches 
Gouache on photogram
Courtesy James Cohan Gallery, New York/Shanghai
Photo: Erma Estwick

Bloom #2, 2011

Bloom #2, 2011
Gouache on photogram
14 x 11 inches
Courtesy James Cohan Gallery, New York/Shanghai
Photo: Erma Estwick

Bloom #3, 2011

Bloom #3, 2011
Gouache on photogram
14 x 11 inches
Courtesy James Cohan Gallery, New York/Shanghai
Photo: Erma Estwick

Support for the Visual Arts Program is provided by Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.